Saturday, January 31, 2004 Meeting Notes for People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

PPJH meeting minutes

Peace, Justice and Healing met Saturday, January 31, 2004, at Associated Ministries. Present for check-in were Vivi, Glenda, Howard, Mark J., Karen H., Benjie, Rob, Sallie, Mark B., Sheila and Kyle. General discussion. (Politics.) Brief check-in.


Leonard Peltier Event - February 7, 2004: Sallie

Report of PJH committee which will be hosting the potluck following the march and rally at First United Methodist Church. The potluck will start about 3:00 depending on the weather. If it's raining, it may start earlier. Members are welcome to bring goodies to share. Sallie asked for volunteers to help with clean-up. We hope to leave the building by 6:30.

Stan Goff In Seattle: Mark J.

Stan Goff a former member of Special Forces and an outspoken critic of our military policies will be in Seattle the weekend of February 18, 19, 20, 21, his appearance sponsored by SNOW and ANSWER. He has written a book on Haiti and has a book coming out in February. He has a son in Iraq and is a prominent presence in the media. Discussion about the possibilities of bringing him here on Friday afternoon the 20th. The group felt it would be too difficult to prepare for his appearance at this date.

Truth in Recruiting: Howard

Howard talked about efforts of his C/O group and counselling program to educate young people and their parents about military experience, participation in JROTC, and what they can do to prepare themselves should they wish to not participate in the draft. He welcomes participation by others to help in this education program.


Sallie handed out copies of the recent issue of WAR TIMES published in San Francisco for general distribution.

Film Committee: Sallie

The committee is checking into several possibilities: a film festival at a venue like the Blue Mouse and another festival for peace movement members. Film to be used by the Blue Mouse must be 16 milimeter. One title for the festival they are currently playing with is "The Glory of War." Glenda felt this might attract people who think war IS glorious and she thinks it unlikely any movie showing graphic war shots would be likely to change their mind. Discussion of our purpose for the festival. Sallie feels we need to be able to attract people - at least a hundred to make the festival worthwhile. Discussion of "preaching to the choir." Some movie titles being considered: "Gallipoli," "Das Boot," "Johnny's Got His Gun," "Born on the 4th of July," "Thin Blue Line," "Cabaret," "Full Metal Jacket." Other venue possibilities: Mason Methodist Church, PLU, UPS. Vivi discussed holding discussions after the movie(s).


Due to the Democratic caucuses PPJH WILL NOT MEET NEXT SATURDAY at 10:00.

Tacoma Weekend Event at Mason Methodist. Steven Hill of Fixing Elections fame will be among the events of interest of this building community - Tacoma Weekend Event.

February 15 Candlelight Vigil event on the Waterfront - Ruston Way Waterfront at Jack Hyde Park. Vigil starts at 5:00 p.m. Bring candles in jars or paper cups.

Publicity file (.pdf, 71k) available here.

March 20 - Worldwide peace day rally will probably start at noon. We are still looking for likely venues and speakers.

Febrary 21st - Steve and Kristie Neble fundraiser, sponsored by ACLU and UFPPC at 7:30 p.m. at the Wash. State History Museum. There will be a fundraising dinner at Guadalupe House starting at 5:30 on this same night.

Sallie recommended members take a special look at the Bill Lincoln seminar sponsored by Communiversity. He is a nationally recognized leader in conflict resolution and mediation. Cost is only $50.00. Call Associated Ministries 383-3056, extension 120 for further details.

Sumi will appear at Charles Wright Spiritual Awareness event on Thursday, February 12, at 7:00.

Democracy in the Age of the Internet - discussion & parts of documentary film "Uncovered" to be presented from 7 - 9:00 p.m. at PLU (Xavier 201), February 26.

Poets for Peace: Northwest Coffee Shop in Parkland at 4:00 p.m. on February 12 (probable).

Fellowship of Reconciliation - Guest: Larry Sunquist, writer for THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, next Sunday, February 8th. Potluck at 6:00. Speaker at 7:00. Sunquist will also be at Hillside that Sunday at l:00. Ken Jones will be at Hillside this Sunday at l:00.

Howard is interested in volunteers to fundraise for scholarships for studies in Peace and Justice.

Please let me know if and what I missed.